The management plan

A Management Plan is a protection and management system that ensures the maintenance and improvement of the Outstanding Universal Value through a coordinated apparatus of legislative, regulatory, and managerial measures, using participatory methods.
Its purpose is to ensure the effective long-term protection of the territory registered in the World Heritage List and its values, for present and future generations.
The Management Plan for the UNESCO Site “Porto Venere, Cinque Terre and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino, and Tinetto)” was drafted under a Memorandum of Understanding by an INTER-INSTITUTIONAL TECHNICAL COMMITTEE, consisting of MIBAC, Liguria Region, Cinque Terre National Park, and the Municipality of Porto Venere / Porto Venere Regional Natural Park.



System objectives

Greater cohesion, identity and integration, improvement of management, and administrative efficiency
I. Make the UNESCO site a more united territory, with a common vision and experience network, aware of the values and knowledge of its inhabitants
II. Make the territory more accessible and internally connected (trails, transit, networks, etc.)
III. Make the territory more organised and better planned, with clear rules and support policies

Cultural landscape

Territory, environment, and agriculture
IV. Counteract the loss of terraces, encouraging the restoration and maintenance of the abandoned ones using techniques and materials typical of the region
V. Maintenance of crops and recovery of abandoned crops: especially in traditional forms
VI. Making the primary sector and entrepreneurship of typical products more structured and integrated (system-based), modern (modern technologies, racks), sustainable and competitive
VII. Improvement and preservation of the historical-cultural values ​​of forest systems, and maintenance of improved conservation of forest soils
VIII. Maintenance of historic and cultural values of historic settlements and traditional rural buildings

Assets and vulnerability of the territory

Assets and vulnerability of the territory
IX. Ensure the safety of the territory
X. Guarantee the safety of tourists and residents
XI. Promote initiatives to increase risk awareness on the site


XII. Aim for more sustainable tourism for the territory, more preparedness and awareness of the values ​​and
fragility of the site
XIII. Establish an integrated and coordinated monitoring and management system for hospitality-focused
tourism and complementary services and accommodation
XIV. Build a virtuous cycle between agriculture, restaurants, and tourism
XV. Train the territory for an improved welcoming


The territory can rely on a large number of activities and projects aimed at protecting and preserving the Universal Value for years to come.
The plan proposes to continue the positive policies adopted in recent years along with a series of further actions. These, on one hand, seek to give a concrete response to various requests, such as those that emerged from the analysis activities during comparison, and to retrieve ideas from the vast existing plans, in order to achieve the objectives outlined above.
The projects were developed in detail and endorsed by the managerial body.

System objectives

Greater cohesion, identity and integration, improvement of management, and administrative efficiency.

1. Definition of the Buffer Zone and detailed site boundaries (download the file in PDF)
2. Coordination of territorial planning tools (
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3. Drafting the Cinque Terre National Park Plan (
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4. Creation of a file of the documentation regarding the UNESCO Site accessible via web (
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5. Census and recovery of roads connecting agricultural holdings (
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6. Education and training aimed at the local administration staff, sector associations, associations of civil society and residents (
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7. Registration of the UNESCO Site in the MIPAAF National Registry of Historic Rural Landscapes (
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Cultural landscape

Territory, environment, and agriculture

8. Training on dry stone wall restoration and traditional cultivation techniques (download the file in PDF)
9. Project for fallow land and consolidating holding (
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10. Project for monitoring wild fauna and protecting agricultural crops (
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11. Creation of a map database (
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12. Creation of a digital map database on the exiting rack railway networks and plans for making new rack railways (
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13. Plan to encourage use of local agricultural products in restaurants (
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14. Recovery and regeneration of the territory of Tramonti (
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15. Recovery and redevelopment of the hillside forest (
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16. “L’arco e le frecce” (bow and arrow) ‐ Recovery and maintenance of the Upper route of the Gulf of Spezia (
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Assets and vulnerability of the territory

17. Hydrogeological Risk Mitigation (download the file in PDF)
18. Project for census and monitoring of landslide vulnerability (
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19. Tino Island Landslide Plan (
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20. Extension of modelling with monitoring of land and sea phenomena to the entire site (INGV Monterosso) (
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21. Information and mapping of safe routes and homogeneous parking areas for the entire site territory (
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22. Implementation of a monitoring project for the definition and management of initiation ceilings of procedures for opening and closing paths to the public (
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23. Information and training on site risk management (residents‐tourist): minimum level of processing for civil protection plans (
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24. Expansion of the “alert system” project, through use of mobile phones at the site entrance (
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25. Promotional programme for Palmaria island (download the file in PDF)
26. Restoration of defence and lookout structures present in the UNESCO Site (
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27. Plan for geosite accessibility and promotion, also with virtual visits (
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28. Tourism Capacity Plan (
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29. Establishment of a permanent discussion forum on tourism (
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30. Creation of an integrated system for the tourism sector (communication, hotel reservations, reservation service for visits and experiences available on the site, regulation of site access by bus) (
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31. Sustainable tourism management. (
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Introduction to the Plan

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1.1. Plan objectives and structure
1.2.  Origins of the Management Plan
1.3.  Plan content
1.4.  Relationship with Press Reporting
1.5.  Management Plan and Disaster Risk Management Plan

The UNESCO site: values and attributes

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2.1. The universal value and criteria for which the site was nominated as world heritage
2.1.1. Brief summary
2.1.2. Criteria for inclusion on the World Heritage site list
2.1.3. Integrity
2.1.4. Authenticity
2.1.5. Protection and management requirements

2.2. The elements of Outstanding Universal Value and the attributes that support it
2.2.1. Exceptional scenic quality
2.2.2. Outstanding cultural landscape
2.2.3. The socio-economic role of the cultural landscape and traditional lifestyle
2.2.4. Usability of the land
2.2.5. Georeferencing attributes

2.3. Additional values ​​of the UNESCO site that must be taken into account in its management
2.3.1. Additional landscape and environmental values
2.3.2. Historic-archaeological values
2.3.3. Intangible values

Protection and management

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3.1. Regulatory framework
3.2. Planning framework
3.3. Institutional framework
3.4. Site management and governance system
3.4.1. Current site management
3.4.2. Future site management system
3.5. Buffer Zone for the UNESCO site
3.6. Participation in drafting the Management Plan
3.6.1. Discussion platforms and public meetings
3.6.2. Results and next steps

Analysis of context

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4.1. Cultural landscape: territory, environment, and agriculture
4.1.1. Multitemporal analysis to study landscape transformations
4.1.2. Analysis of ISTAT (the Italian National Institute for Statistics) data regarding the agricultural sector
4.1.3. Analysing the perception of the landscape
4.2. Territorial assets and security
4.2.1. Tectonics and geology
4.2.2. Morphology
4.2.3. Basin planning
4.2.4. Civil protection plans
4.2.5. Recent exceptional flooding events
4.2.6. Problems encountered
4.3. Analysis and strategy for tourism
4.3.1. Analysis
4.3.2. Summary
4.4. Pressures and vulnerability
4.4.1. Pressures acting on the site
4.4.2. Site vulnerability
4.4.3. Criticality and vulnerability notes
4.5. Conservation status
4.5.1. The current process for verifying the site’s preservation status
4.5.2. Result of the Periodic Report
4.5.3. Conservation status of the agroforest landscape
4.5.4. Conservation status of the built component
4.6. SWOT analysis

Planning: from vision to the action plan

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5.1. Long-term vision for the UNESCO site
5.2. Plan objectives
5.3. Strategies for the conservation and enhancement of the cultural landscape
5.4. Management Plan projects
5.4.1. Plan projects for greater cohesion, identity and integration, improvement of management, and administrative efficiency
5.4.2. Plan projects for the cultural landscape: territory, environment, agriculture
5.4.3. Plan projects for Security
5.4.4. Plan projects for the Tourism sector
5.4.5. Projects and priorities
5.5. Resource framework

Monitoring system

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6.1. Monitoring the site values
6.2. Indicators for evaluating project progress